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Get the Look: Modern Lake House Style

How to replicate the sleek comfort of this Alabama lakeside stunner

In the June/July issue of Garden & Gun, we featured this Frank Lloyd Wright–esque weekend getaway on the shores of Alabama’s Smith Lake. Readers were entranced, both by the interior touches by Birmingham’s Betsy Brown that managed to be both modern and comfortable, and Lewis Nequette’s clever, unexpected architectural design, which harmonizes the home with the land. Want to infuse your own rooms with the same spirit? Here are five easy ways.


Each of the beds in the Smith Lake home look like they’d be a dream to sink into. Add one of these gorgeous blankets in neutral hues from Coyuchi to your own sleeper to replicate the feeling. $278 each; bloomingdales.com

Ali Harper (Left)

Bar Stools

These are the actual LEM Piston barstools Brown used in the kitchen, and their iconic design makes them worthy of the splurge-y price point. “The personality was set by the architecture,” Brown said of her choices, “and everything was subservient to that.” $795 each; dwr.com

Ali Harper (left)


This masculine, overscale lamp by Visual Comfort & Co. echoes the strong architecture of the room. $1,109; bellacor.com

Ali Harper (left)


Another classic still produced today in five sizes: the round dining table in black by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. $2,221–

Ali Harper (left)

Vase and Art

Sometimes the accessories make the room. In this case, abstract art by Alabama’s William McClure ($6,380; williammclure.com) and genius vases created to hold a single palm frond. $32 each; jaysonhome.com

Ali Harper (left)

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